En route to Sudan at the end of May, I flew Ethiopian Air and had a layover in Addis Ababa. While there I learned that Ethiopia still uses the Julian calendar, which means that right now it is the year 2003. Immediately I felt 8 yrs younger! Not a bad way to start a trip.... I also learned that in Ethiopia, the day begins not at midnight but at dawn. When the sun rises, it is considered to be 1:00 a.m.; high noon is 6:00 a.m. Makes sense to me, though it could wreak havoc with airline schedules! The flights posted in Amharic use Ethiopian time; the flights posted in English use standard Western time. Who knew?